Progress Report 2018

Connecting Business initiative Secretariat • 25 April 2019

It has been almost three years since the partnership was launched at the World Humanitarian Summit, and it’s amazing to see the growth of the business networks that are members of the Connecting Business initiative.

Private sector networks are making a significant difference in people’s lives in the countries where CBi works, strengthening business capacity to coordinate preparedness and response, and being an active party to speeding up recovery.

In Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, the Philippines, Fiji and the Pacific islands, seven CBi networks last year responded to 15 emergencies, ranging from cyclones and floods to an earthquake and a volcanic eruption.

With their on-the-ground networks, expertise and ability to swiftly adapt and innovate, companies played an integral role in ensuring that lives and assets were saved, and that communities recovered from shocks more rapidly. Importantly, these networks contributed to the longerterm resilience of affected communities, where they helped rebuild basic infrastructure and telecommunications, and maintained essential supply chains.

We are proud of the commitment of 13 private sector networks to the Connecting Business initiative and we look forward to expanding to new countries.

Our progress report for 2018 points to inspiring examples of private sector engagement in humanitarian action—the kind of action we need to see wherever possible, because the more local communities and businesses prepare themselves, the sooner they will react and recover from disasters.